Bell Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

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Bell Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

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Sub Region NAPA

Vinification Our Napa Valley Cabernet sauvignon is a blend created from select vineyards and appellations within the renowned Napa Valley. Drawing on his experience with Cabernet Sauvignon clones and his intimate knowledge of subappellations within the region, Anthony has created a wine that builds upon the unique terroir of Napa Valley. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (33% Clone 4, 21% Clone 6, and 30% Clone 337), Cabernet Sauvignon (84%), Petit Verdot (7%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet franc (3%), and Malbec (1%), from vineyards in Carneros, Rutherford, Oakville, and Yountville. The wine was aged in a combination of French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels, of which 43% were new barrels, for 20 months. The wine was not fined and received a screen filtration prior to bottling. 

Tasting Notes Our Cabernet sauvignon, deep ruby in color, has rich, ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry fruit aromas. Soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint of pepper and spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance and a long lingering finish. The different Cabernet clones give the wine a multi-layered dimension to the palate. The long growing season at the Truchard Vineyard in the cool Carneros district yields grapes with deep color and great natural acidity. The Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard on the Conn Creek alluvial fan adjacent to Caymus in Rutherford delivers classic mid-valley fruit and supple tannins and “Rutherford Dust” earth flavors. The Petit Verdot adds depth to the color and a tannic richness, while the Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet franc bring softness, acidity and fruit respectively. Crafted in a rich, concentrated European style, this wine pairs well with flavorful, full-bodied meals, and will develop a harmonious smoothness with age. Excellent today, the wine will also reward those with the patience to cellar it.

Rating 2003 - 88 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast, December 2006: The grapes come from the best communes of south-central Napa, and most of the barrels were new French Oak. The Cabernet is blended with a little Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, and Merlot. The wine itself is soft and plush, with a velvety mouthfeel framing dry, ripe blackberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Drink now.

---- Decanter Magazine, January 2006: Recommended, Three Stars

---- LA County Fair, Wines of the World 2006: Silver Medal ---- Grand Harvest Awards, 2006: Gold Medal

---- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2006: Silver Medal

---- New World International Wine Competition, 2006: Silver Medal

---- San Diego National Wine Competition: Silver Medal 2006 - Silver Medal

---- San Diego Wine Competition, 2009 Silver Medal

---- Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, 2009 Gold Medal

---- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2009

Wine Enthusiast: 91 Points Excellent “ This young, vigorous Cabernet is full of ripe, upfront fruity flavors, yet it’s dry and complex, and grounded by a pleasing tug of herbaceousness. Most notable is the rich blackberry, raspberry and currant fruit, and the way the sweet, smoky oak complements it. Drink now for freshness.”

 2009 WINE ENTHUSIAST - 89 Points “Big, upfront flavors mark this Cabernet, providing big blackberry, black cherry, mocha, vanilla and toast notes. It’s very dry, tannic and a little aggressive at this time. It could develop bottle complexity over the years. —S.H.”

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